About Victoria - This picture-postcard provincial capital was long touted as North America’s most English city. Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences with brightly painted bohemian shops, coffee bars, and innovative restaurants that would make any city proud. As an island destination on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambiance. Find the perfect accommodation with Owner Direct Vacation Rentals, and find your ideal home base to explore the city and surrounding areas. From lavish and luxurious, to charming and convenient, browse our lodging listings to experience Victoria your way.
Where to Stay & Why - Whether you are looking for a condo rental downtown or a full vacation home for the whole family, our accommodations sleep 2 people and more. Enjoy spacious rooms and beds with water views plus quality linens, sufficient drawers, and closets to put your bags away and be at home during your stay. There’s also a bathroom (maybe two or more, if you want) with comfy bathrobes and towels, soaps, and shampoo. In the comfortable living room, cozy up next to a warm inviting fire in the evenings where you can enjoy a selection of books or DVD’s to play in the large screen TV with an excellent sound system. The kitchen is fully equipped with every convenience and the pantry is equipped with spices, oils, and condiments for your cooking pleasure. The relaxed dining space leads to your private patio with a BBQ for your culinary adventures. Some of the vacation rentals even have a beautiful garden with flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees. Sit on one of the decks and bask in the morning sun as you watch planes, ferries, and smaller boats come and go. Other amenities can include an office area, washer, and dryer, air conditioning, internet, phone, cable, and parking.
What to See & Do - Victoria is home to some of the most exhilarating scenery: there’s an ocean or mountain (or both) vista around every corner and the city’s famous flower garden. Whether your taste runs towards golfing, hiking, biking, and fishing, or you’re more the shopping, dining, and theatre type, Victoria has you covered. Read on our Victoria Travel Guide for things to see & do while visiting.
Where to Eat & Drink - Famous for tangy, chewy baguettes and rye country boules out of wood-fired over, head on over to Fol Epi. For dinner, try Agrius for their seasonal dishes such as roasted brassica shoots. Inspired by old-time speakeasies, Little Jumbo feels both historic and thoroughly fresh, with its constantly changing cocktail list and shareable plates. Perro Negro is the perfect hideaway to pick to nibble on tapas such as croquettes, octopus with chorizo, and Spanish boquerones. Then move on to the Bodega for classic cocktails like a whiskey sour or Negroni, reinvented with sherry. For a more eclectic Victoria experience, check out the classy restaurants that surround Chinatown, offering interesting west-coast fusion and Asian dishes.
How to Get Here & Getting Around - Getting here is one of the best things about Victoria. It’s accessible from the rest of the island by roads and from the mainland by taking a ferry with your vehicle. Whether by ferry meandering past the Gulf of San Juan Islands, by floatplane (try to travel at least one leg this way) or on a whale-watching boat, getting to Victoria is a memorable experience.
Victoria is a beautiful place and walkable. The Inner Harbour and downtown core are best explored on foot, but there are several other types of transportation - from horse-drawn carriage to double-decker bus, take your pick depending on your preferred pace. Condo rentals in the downtown area are perfect for this.
When to Go - The best time to visit is March to May and September to November. The region sees some of the country’s mildest weather and the driest summers, so while you might experience a light drizzle here and there, plan on comfortable temperatures in the spring and fall. Summer is by far the most popular time to visit thanks to numerous festivals that take place.